Urban Poverty is one of the emerging fields in development. Rural to urban migration is a key driver for civilisation. However, the process of transition is not smooth and many new migrants find themselves living in poor surroundings and able to access limited opportunitites and services.
Dhok Hassu/ Zia Colony is one of approximately 17 urban squatter settlement sites in and around Rawalpindi/ Islamabad. Parts of it are in very early stages of settlement while others are well settled with 3 story houses.
RADS and Akhter Hameed Khan Resource Centre are studying aspects of poverty, health, employment and sanitation to understand gaps and identify avenues for interventions in the community that are community driven and self sustaining.